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    The first "Matador" guided missile demonstration in the Far East has been chosen to take place in Tai-nan, Taiwan.

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    LS The conference room where the Far-East U.S. Ambassadors meeting took place. All the participating Ambassadors are getting seated and ready to start the meeting.

    MCU Secretary Dulles chatting with Assistant Secretary Robertson, with U.S. Ambassador to Taiwan Everett Drumwright listening in.

    CU The model "Matador" on display on a table.

    MS Gen. Dean presenting the model "Matador" to Gen. Wang.

    CU Gen. Wang and Gen. Dean.

    CU The model "Matador" in the hands of Gen.Wang.

    Above were taken during the dedication ceremony

    LS At the missile launching ground, Gen. Dean delivers a welcome speech to the press, following with a briefing.

    CU Gen. Dean giving the speech (with actual Matador in back).

    LS The entire Matador unit on the road leading to the launching site nearby.

    LS The Matador mounted on the vehicle that brought it over to the launching site.

    LS The Matador being lifted by crane to its launching stand.

    MS Warhead (head part) of the Matador being adjusted onto the Matador's body.

    MS RATO bottle (the tail part that's adjusted under the rear end of the Matador) being adjusted onto its place.

    MS The Matador, after mountdown and assembled, being lifted into firing position.

    MS Rocket Assist Take-off, or simulated launching. Blast can be seen coming off rear end of the Matador.

    MCU Rear end of the Matador (View).

    MS Gen. Dean posed in front of a Matador Chart and the Matador with Taiwan Air Base Commander C.H. Yuan (Col.) and Thai Air Attache to Taiwan Col. Srisak Sucharitham.

    MCU Front view of the Matador.


    Note: The beginning 20 feet of this roll of film is of U.S. Far-East Ambassadors meeting which took place in Taipei recently. The film was shot inside the conference room under extremely unfavourable conditions.

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    Background: The first "Matador" guided missile demonstration in the Far East has been chosen to take place in Tai-nan, Taiwan.

    On Tuesday, 25th March 1958, the U.S. Air Force Task Force 13 has directed the 17th Tactical Missile Squadron and staged a simulated launching display of the "Matador" Missile at the Tai-nan Air Base. The display was for and attended by members of the foreign and Chinese press in Taiwan, at the invitation of Brig. Gen. Fred Dean, Commander of the U.S. Air Force Task Force 13. Prior to the display of the "Matador" missile, Gen. Dean met Gen. Wang Shu-ming, Chief-of-Joint-staff, at a dedication ceremony on March 24th, and presented to Gen.Wang a model "Matador" as a gesture of the military bondage between the two nations. Following the March 25th display of the guided missile, the same unit will leave Taiwan for Thailand on the same night to participate on the March 27th Thailand Armed Forces Day Celebrations. It is scheduled to return to its Tai-nan Air base on March 30th.

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